Leaves are an important part of painting flowers, so this little post and video on how to paint leaves will help you get the basics down on how to paint many types.
How to paint leaves in acrylics, one stroke at a time. This is just a few basic leaves to get started with, there are many more and I will update this post and/or create another for more types of leaves.
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Note: the first video in this post is a quick overview, a full length, real time video with narration is at the end of this post.
I don’t try to make them absolutely realistic but more of an indication of what a particular plants leaves look like.
Get Started painting leaves
A good set of brushes to get started with are the One Stroke set.
How to paint a Scallop Stroke Leaf
Double load your brush with a dark green and a lighter green.
Make a v by tapping your chisel edge of the brush on your practice piece.
To begin your stroke place the chisel edge on one half of the V then press down on your brush, wiggle as you drag the brush along to create a half heart shape.
Let your brush lift to a point as you reach the tip.
Now start on the other half of the V and do the same thing, try and make the tips meet so you do not have two leaf tips.
I frequently get two tips and just go over that bit to correct.
Don’t flip the brush, but you probably should reload with paint.
Keep the dark side of the brush next to the light when beginning the next stroke.
Do it the same way you did the first stroke and let your brush spring back to a chisel edge.
And there you have a leaf.
Paint Slider Leaf or Petal Stroke leaf
On to the slider leaf.
With the chisel edge of your brush draw a stem.
This is merely for placement, you can draw it in later if you wish.
Press your brush onto the surface at an angle from the step, not straight down.
We are trying to avoid a broad flat base to the leaf. In the video I show it better.
You can also use a filbert brush, you will get a more rounded base of the leaf.
Touch, press and lift to a point by turn the brush as you stroke.
I use this one a lot for small filler leaves.
How to paint Long Leaves
To make a longer leaf, just drag the paint brush out further.
The video includes more leaves including some shadow leaves which work well for in the background.
Below is an older leaf painting video
How to Paint a Scallop Leaf
and that is pretty much it.
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